PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN ORGANIC CAFÉ IN COLORADO CELEBRATES 10 YEARS


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SAME café, short for So All May Eat, started 10 years ago in Denver, Colorado with a simple premise. The food served was to be mostly organic and locally-sourced, and if you couldn’t pay for it – well that didn’t matter so much. The café was more interested in presenting healthful culinary delights to all people (regardless of their ability to pay) than making tons of money. SAME, is in fact, the first non-profit restaurant in the city, and there are few like it across the country.

The patrons of SAME can eat no matter how much change jingles in their pockets. The owners ask that if you can pay more for your meal, you do, so others can eat too. If you are stone cold broke – you can pay with an hour of volunteer service – prepping food, cooking organic food, serving other patrons, washing dishes, cleaning tables, or doing maintenance work.

Instead of visiting a cash register before you leave, you stop by a donation box and offer what you can. To some, the model seems unsustainable, but now that SAME has been in business for ten years, they’ve proven that providing food to those who are going hungry can not only be respectful, and offer dignity, but even those with cash to spare love to eat at a mindful business.

SAME works with dozens of local farms and gardeners, a slow food organization, and several community organizations, along with patron volunteers from all over the city to make their non-profit successful. 

The patrons of SAME can eat no matter how much change jingles in their pockets. The owners ask that if you can pay more for your meal, you do, so others can eat too. If you are stone cold broke – you can pay with an hour of volunteer service – prepping food, cooking organic food, serving other patrons, washing dishes, cleaning tables, or doing maintenance work.

Instead of visiting a cash register before you leave, you stop by a donation box and offer what you can. To some, the model seems unsustainable, but now that SAME has been in business for ten years, they’ve proven that providing food to those who are going hungry can not only be respectful, and offer dignity, but even those with cash to spare love to eat at a mindful business. 

SAME works with dozens of local farms and gardeners, a slow food organization, and several community organizations, along with patron volunteers from all over the city to make their non-profit successful.

via MyScienceAcademy

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